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Taking Care of Your Guitar
If I leave my guitar in the trunk while I am at
work on a cold day will it be okay? I have a case
and I can wrap it in a blanket.
After an hour or so, the blanket won’t help.
The guitar doesn’t generate any heat on its own so
within an hour it will be the same temperature as
the inside of the car whether a blanket is around
it or not.
Getting super cold or super hot is not ideal for a
guitar. In general, you should treat a
guitar like you would treat a human
passenger. You wouldn’t leave a person in a
car without the heater on while you are at work
for 8 hours. It is the same on a hot summer
day. Because wood expands and contracts at
different rates from the varnish, the varnish can
crack over time from repeated heatings and
coolings. The truss rod in the neck is metal
and it expands and contracts at a different rate
than the wood neck, so extreme heat or cold can
bend the neck. Professional players with
expensive instruments even worry about humidity
changes, in addition to temperature.
On the other hand, my first guitar was a little
classical guitar that I've had for 40 years.
It has been in every kind of abusive weather and
temperature situation you can imagine and it still
plays just fine. So I would say it depends
on how expensive the guitar is and how much you
care about it. If I had a $2,000 Taylor or
Les Paul I would not leave it in the car. If
I had a $300 Yamaha or Epiphone, I wouldn’t worry
too much. In general, do your best to avoid
letting it sit in direct sunlight, and being
exposed to temperature or humidity extremes of any
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